Hello everyone! So today marks the first time I’ve ever been part of a blog tour and let me tell you, it’s kinda awesome. Now, I’m on the blog tour to give a book review and this is one of the more interesting ones for reasons I shall explain soon. Before I begin, I want to thank Jenny from Jenny in Neverland for being the person behind the blog tour and I want to thank Ian Ross who wrote the book and indirectly let me review it for free. Thank you!
Okay now for the book review and my explanation of why this one of the more interesting ones. Let me start by giving some essential information about the book:
Title: Swords Around the Throne* (Twilight of Empire Book 2)
Author: Ian Ross
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Blurb: Rome is in peril. The old order is changing – and Centurion Aurelius Castus has been summoned back from Britain, to find himself caught up in a treasonous conspiracy threatening to bring down the Emperor Constantine.
Rewarding for saving the Emperor’s life in battle, Castus is promoted to the Corps of Protectores, the elite imperial bodyguard. The swords around the throne.
But he soon discovers the court to be as dangerous as the battlefield; behind the gilded façade of empire, there are spiraling plots, betrayals and seductions. A nest of traitors. And one relentless enemy.
Got it? Okay now you’re probably thinking, “Angel, this sounds nothing like you? Why did you read this book?” Good question because that’s where everything starts to get interesting. I originally wasn’t going to read this book because it’s historical fiction and, unless it’s part of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, I don’t read historical fiction. But then I reread the last couple of sentences and if you know me, you know I love spies and stuff like that and so I thought, let me try it out and I did and now here’s what I think:
So I got the book and began reading and I’ll admit I was a bit bored by the army parts in the book especially and mostly for the first part of the book. I love the army and I love the action and fighting part of army scenes but the army parts of this book were mostly strategizing. Then a little later, things started to get a bit more interesting because of all the court and spy parts. There were traitors and betrayals and some twists and turns and I appreciated that so good job Ian Ross. I also loved seeing some prominent historical figures in the book. It was a nice touch (even if it was expected) as it was all something I loved in the All Souls Trilogy. So it was nice there was an indirect “connection” to one of my favorite series.
All in all, I liked the book but I probably wouldn’t read it again merely because of the fact that it’s not a book I would usually read, it’s not in my genre. For those who read historical fiction though, I definitely recommend you read it! Now I would usually leave off here and go but this is a blog tour and apparently there’s more to this than just a review. Next is the info about the book and the author and the dun dun dun giveaway from Jenny and Ian Ross! Here we go:
About the Author:
Ian Ross has been researching and writing about the later Roman world and its army for over a decade. He spent a year in Italy, teaching English, but now lives in Bath.
Now for the Rafflecopter Giveaway which is 5 Copies of Swords Around the Throne by Ian Ross.
And that’s all! Thank you, good luck in the giveaway, have a great day/night and tata for now!
*This is an affiliate link I have with Amazon 🙂